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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] support reserving crashkernel above 4G on arm64 kdump
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Hi Chen Zhou,

On 13/06/2019 12:27, Chen Zhou wrote:
> On 2019/6/6 0:32, James Morse wrote:
>> On 07/05/2019 04:50, Chen Zhou wrote:
>>> We use crashkernel=X to reserve crashkernel below 4G, which will fail
>>> when there is no enough memory. Currently, crashkernel=Y@X can be used
>>> to reserve crashkernel above 4G, in this case, if swiotlb or DMA buffers
>>> are requierd, capture kernel will boot failure because of no low memory.
>>
>>> When crashkernel is reserved above 4G in memory, kernel should reserve
>>> some amount of low memory for swiotlb and some DMA buffers. So there may
>>> be two crash kernel regions, one is below 4G, the other is above 4G.
>>
>> This is a good argument for supporting the 'crashkernel=...,low' version.
>> What is the 'crashkernel=...,high' version for?
>>
>> Wouldn't it be simpler to relax the ARCH_LOW_ADDRESS_LIMIT if we see 'crashkernel=...,low'
>> in the kernel cmdline?
>>
>> I don't see what the 'crashkernel=...,high' variant is giving us, it just complicates the
>> flow of reserve_crashkernel().
>>
>> If we called reserve_crashkernel_low() at the beginning of reserve_crashkernel() we could
>> use crashk_low_res.end to change some limit variable from ARCH_LOW_ADDRESS_LIMIT to
>> memblock_end_of_DRAM().
>> I think this is a simpler change that gives you what you want.
>
> According to your suggestions, we should do like this:
> 1. call reserve_crashkernel_low() at the beginning of reserve_crashkernel()
> 2. mark the low region as 'nomap'
> 3. use crashk_low_res.end to change some limit variable from ARCH_LOW_ADDRESS_LIMIT to
> memblock_end_of_DRAM()
> 4. rename crashk_low_res as "Crash kernel (low)" for arm64

> 5. add an 'linux,low-memory-range' node in DT

(This bit would happen in kexec-tools)


> Do i understand correctly?

Yes, I think this is simpler and still gives you what you want.
It also leaves the existing behaviour unchanged, which helps with keeping compatibility
with existing user-space and older kdump kernels.


Thanks,

James

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